Haverfordwest County extended their unbeaten Welsh League run to 13 games on Saturday and look good value to make their return to the Welsh Premier League.
Unbeaten County sit second in the MacWhirter Welsh League Division One table, with two points and two games short of current leaders Taff’s Well.
On Saturday, former Carmarthen Town skipper Tim Hicks slid in at close range to level against Caerau (Ely), who had taken a first-half lead after Dale Griffiths received a straight red-card for handling on the line, with Gianluca Pallaidno dispatching the resulting penalty.
The draw sees County keep their unbeaten league record intact going into Christmas, with their next fixture at Tata Steel next weekend.
Although the Welsh League is typically tight and unpredictable at the top end of the table – just two points separate the leading trio of Taff’s Well, Haverfordwest and Goytre AFC -, Haverfordwest appear stronger this season than in their previous two failed attempts to return to the Welsh top-flight.
Wayne Jones – handed the managerial reins at the Conygar Bridge Meadow Stadium after previously sharing the role with Micky Ellis – has a strong squad at his disposal and one that possesses considerable Welsh Premier League experience.
County have moved to add Hicks and Afan Lido forward Luke Borrelli to a squad which already includes experienced players like Dylan Blain, Jack Christopher and Chris Curtis – these players all have top-flight experience and if they can start 2014 in the same vein of form in which they completed this year, then it should not be long at all before the Corbett Sports Welsh Premier League can welcome back another South Wales based club into the fold.